John has a rare cross-discipline of law and accountancy, which is invaluable. He is thorough in his analysis and crystal-clear in his explanations.  He is also decisive, accurate and completely dependable. Moreover, he is easy to talk to and very supportive.”

The Legal 500 2024, Professional Negligence

John is a barrister advising on professional negligence claims in relation to banking, accountancy and fraud sectors, as well as company and commercial, real estate and wills and trusts matters.

His practice includes professional negligence claims acting both for banks and for insurers of the professionals, including conveyancing solicitors and surveyors. John is able to bring his own specialist knowledge of banking law and litigation and his previous accountancy work in bank audits and working as an accountant on secondment to the Serious Fraud Office for two years on the BCCI inquiry and prosecutions.

He acts both for claimants and for insurers of the professionals, including conveyancing solicitors and surveyors. John is able to bring his own specialist knowledge of property law on boundaries, easements and rights of way, probate law and litigation.

Sources praise John’s particular skill in cases that involve complex numbers, and he regularly receives instructions in banking matters. He is recognised by clients to be the most astute finance barrister on the Western Circuit.

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John is a barrister that picks up every single detail. He has an ability to get to grips with a detailed set of facts and extract the key issues and give sound advice about the best way forward.”

Chambers UK 2024, Professional Negligence

John advises on professional negligence claims in the accountancy and legal sectors. He offers significant expertise acting in claims concerning conveyancing transactions and probate work, and also acts in claims against engineers.

Chambers UK 2023, Professional Negligence

John is very approachable and can turn things around quickly. He is very good on paper. He is extremely knowledgeable, has an excellent grasp of complex matters and is very responsive to clients’ needs. He is extremely good on details.”

Chambers UK 2023, Professional Negligence

He has an excellent forensic grasp of figures and is unflappable.”

Legal 500 2022, Professional Negligence

He is very thorough and very empathetic to the clients and has a good grasp of all the issues. ‘John is very detailed with his preparation. He has no weaknesses. ‘ “

Chambers UK 2021, Professional Negligence

Outstanding grasp of complex matters, excellent quality of written pleadings, highly responsive to client requests, personable.”

Legal 500 2021, Professional Negligence

John is approachable, meticulous, excellent with clients and most likeable. ‘His advice is thorough and easy to follow, even when the underlying issues of a case are very messy and complicated. He is always willing to discuss his advice and goes beyond what is expected in providing recommendations to progress the matters.’ “

Chambers UK 2020, Professional Negligence
  • Qualifications & awards:

    • BA Comb Hons (Exon.) ACA (Qualified as a Chartered Accountant 1991) Dip. Law (Distinction)
  • Professional memberships:

    • Chancery Bar Association
    • Associate member of the Association of Contentious Trust And Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
    • Western Chancery & Commercial Bar Association
    • Professional Negligence Bar Association
    • Financial Services Lawyers Association
    • Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) ACA
    • Associate Member of the Association of Pension Lawyers
    • Member of the Court of Protection Bar Association
  • John Dickinson is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please read here.